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US states split over election security

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Such is the current paranoia surrounding unfriendly foreign regimes meddling in democratic elections through hacking, some US states are seriously considering returning to traditional paper ballots. At present, there is no consensus. The states with the best security track record, Colorado and Rhode Island, exclusively use paper-based voting systems. Other… Read more »

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Dating agency hackers caught in flagrante

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As part of an overall crackdown on hacking, the Ukrainian authorities have successfully prosecuted two cyber criminals who had been operating a distributed denial of service (DDoS) extortion scheme for several years. The two miscreants – one male, one female – also ran a dating agency. Their first target was… Read more »

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Winter Games targeted by hackers

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The Winter Olympics, which starts on 9th February in Pyeongchang, South Korea is already a target for hackers. Throughout the run up to the event, there have been apparent state-sponsored hackers, such as a campaign from Russia leaking Olympic documents, and possible North Korean hackers spying on South Korean Olympic… Read more »

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Fashion shops hit by hack

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International fashion business Forever 21 is the latest retailer to suffer a databreach. The Los Angeles-headquartered clothing chain, which has over 800 stores all round the world, announced that hackers may have infiltrated the point-of-sale systems in some of its outlets, potentially stealing customers’ payment card details. So far, details… Read more »

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Ever more Brits hit by Equifax breach

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It now appears that the massive Equifax data breach in early summer this year has had an even greater impact on its British customers than at first thought. The U.S. based credit rating giant holds data on over 800 million consumers and 90 million businesses around the world. Despite initially… Read more »

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McAfee software hijacked by banking Trojan

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They say that defence is the best form of attack. There certainly seems to be a growing trend in turning security tools into hacking weapons. The latest example is the subversion of McAfee’s ClickProtect email protection service as a means of implanting the Emotet data-stealing Trojan – which a vehicle… Read more »

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‘Hack and trade’ scheme uncovered

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Ponzi, Madoff, Enron and Boesky are all names that strike fear into the hearts of legitimate stock market traders. The latest and most technologically savvy addition to this rogues’ gallery is Pennsylvanian day trader Joseph Willner; who has just been indicted for running a lucrative cyber ‘boiler room’ scheme to… Read more »

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Search engines hijacked by banking Trojan

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Hackers are always eager to stay one step ahead of their victims. As internet users become more alert to the threat of phishing attacks, so attackers are dressing up their malware dumps in more imaginative ways. Their latest ploy is to use SEO to position bogus links at the top… Read more »

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WordPress gets itself in a fix

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It’s bad news when you try to sort out a problem and the solution just makes matters worse. WordPress, the world’s most popular CMS and supporter of 60 million websites (28% of the total number), now knows this only too well. Back in September, WordPress issued a fix to rectify… Read more »

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Deputy US Attorney General proposes open door policy

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Many a classic Western has at its core the basic premise of bad-ish guy ridding a town of even graver threats – turning into a redeemed hero in the process. It should be the same in the world of cybersecurity, according to Rod Rosenstein, number two at the US Justice… Read more »

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